Vice President, Rational Complex & Embedded Systems
IBM Software Group
It is clear that our future as a species is tied to advances in Medical Devices as means to improve our quality of life, to extend our lives, and to help improve the speed, cost and quality of medical care along the way. One recent breakthrough in this area is a new class of embedded electronics which can be powered by our own bodies. This chip, developed by MIT, uses naturally occurring ions in a mammal's inner ear to power the device. This is amazing and can now be done in a way which does not impair hearing. The size of this device is also really impressive.
The applications of embedded medical devices will only increase over time. And, they will have increasing intelligence and connectivity. I know there are a lot of scary scifi scenarios of how this could be abused, but the real world uses seem endless.